Denver Organizing Manager

  • Full Time
  • Denver
  • Posted on February 9, 2021

Now Hiring: Denver Organizing Manager

New Era Colorado Foundation and New Era Colorado Action Fund are seeking a full time Denver Organizing Manager to drive our work mobilizing and building youth power in Denver. Young people turned out to vote in record numbers this November, and we are harnessing that momentum to build lasting youth power in our state. We are making noise at the Capitol, registering democracy’s newest voters, and amplifying the volume of our generation one conversation at a time.

About the Position
In this role, you will create, build, and lead an inclusive, people-powered, and youth-driven team while working for an organization that centers young people and their values while working towards the collective liberation of all people. There is power in our generation, and together we need to use it to win progress on the issues impacting us and fight back against bigotry, hate, oppression, and injustice.

The Denver Organizing Manager will be charged with engaging young people in advancing all of our organizing work, whether on an issue campaign at the legislature, a ballot measure, or our voter engagement work. You will manage a team structure that evolves seasonally, encompassing part-time and full-time organizing staff. A major priority for this position is building up a strong volunteer base in Denver and surrounding areas, through virtual recruitment and organizing tactics, while deepening our engagement with existing volunteers to truly cultivate a political home for young people.

You will drive major pieces of our organizing work this legislative session, leading a team to mobilize young people to take action with us at the Capitol, on important issues like student debt, higher education reform, climate, reproductive justice, and more. Our voter engagement work is multi-year and multi-cycle, so you’ll take the lead on our voter registration and mobilization in Denver and surrounding regions, not only during major election years but every year. Other buckets of work include organizational field team leadership, antiracism work, and plugging into our strategic planning process as we chart out our vision for the future of New Era.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about mobilizing young people to advance progressive issues, is deeply committed to anti-racism work, is passionate about building political power for young people and translating that power into meaningful victories, and has the enthusiasm to inspire a team to have hundreds of conversations to move young people to action.

This position, and our organization, is currently fully remote. We are looking for applicants who live in Colorado or have plans to locate to Colorado.

About New Era & Our Team

New Era is the leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country. We work to reinvent politics for young people, mobilizing and empowering a new generation to participate in our democracy to advance progressive change. We’ve registered over 200,000 young people to vote, and have driven record young voter turnout statewide. We organize to advance economic justice, abortion rights climate action and election access. Along the way, we’ve passed student debt relief and young voter access legislation, made two viral videos (This Is Why We Vote; Campaign for Local Power), and eaten approximately 1 million pizzas.

We are early on a journey to embed equity and inclusion in our organization’s day-to-day and DNA, to transform into a truly anti-racist organization. For us, this means working to authentically center the experiences and leadership of young people of color in our program work; dismantling white supremacy within our organizational systems, policies and culture, and rebuilding anew; and ensuring that we have a thriving, diverse team of staff and board members advancing our mission. We expect all staff to engage enthusiastically in this work.

Our team is deeply dedicated to social change, and takes the work very seriously—just not ourselves. We’ll never miss an opportunity to get a zoomed-in screenshot of you making a weird face in a group photo (and turn it into a Slack emoji), and we hope you have an HBO login to share. We truly believe in the power of young people. Get to know us: Our website | Our Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Job Responsibilities 

  • Denver Program Management | Set up, bottom-line and execute a successful Denver program by coordinating and overseeing all organizing work for Denver. Manage high-level partnerships with community organizations and businesses, college campuses, student organizations, and more. Have systems in place to keep yourself organized, stay on top of projects and all their moving parts, meet deadlines, and have strong communication with the rest of our team.
  • On-the-Ground Civic Engagement and Issue Organizing | While we’re remote, lead your team to creatively and effectively meet young people where they’re at in the virtual world, and meet ambitious goals for that engagement. You’ll plan and execute these virtual organizing tactics, including regular phonebanks, textbanks, virtual events, and more. During the legislative session, lead your team to train and develop volunteers to take action at the Capitol through writing and delivering testimony on bills, writing opinion media for publication, and more. You’ll also schedule, plan, and engage in virtual voter registration and turnout tactics, including virtual class presentations and voter engagement phonebanks.When we’re back in person, maintain a regular presence at college campuses, community events and festivals, and regularly engage in face-to-face conversations with young people in the field. This means tabling on college campuses up to 4 times a week in the spring (mostly 3 times a week), and up to 5 times a week in the fall (mostly 4 times a week), and attending festivals and community events while leading a team to successfully engage young people in their communities. You will lead the site selection, planning, supplies, volunteer recruitment, and execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Denver (including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc).
  • Build and Strengthen our Volunteer Program |  Recruit, train, and develop volunteers into leaders, build strong relationships, and maintain responsive communication, to create an inclusive, empowering political home for young people. Mobilize volunteers to build lasting political power for our generation by taking action, building organizing skills, and doing the work within their own communities.
  • Build and Manage Seasonal Teams |  Lead the Denver team in driving our organizing campaigns forward to success. Seasonally hire, onboard, and manage full-time and part-time organizers, provide regular coaching and feedback, center performance on expectations and goals, and develop a strong, effective, healthy, anti-racist team culture. Commit to team care by striving to center the needs and experiences of the folks you manage, especially during times of concentrated political and social trauma to marginalized people.

What We’re Looking For

Our ideal candidate strongly believes in young people’s ability to create change and is a flexible problem solver who can stay organized while engaging face-to-face with young people in the field. We’re looking for someone with a passion for increasing participation and leadership among young people – especially young people of color, and is committed to leading and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through every aspect of their work.

What we’re looking for:

  • Commitment to New Era | Demonstrates enthusiasm for the mission of NEC, the issues we work on (climate, abortion rights, election access, and economic justice), and our theory of change.
  • Enthusiastic about field work, organizing, and young people’s ability to build power | A passion for engaging young people face-to-face on college campuses and in the community, through organizing (and when it’s safe, regular tabling). Demonstrated willingness to recruit and form relationships with young people, build volunteers into leaders, and create a respectful, inclusive political home for young people. Ready to talk to hundreds of young people per day to make this vision a reality.
  • Resourceful and highly organized problem solver who is a strong driver of the work |  Demonstrated ability to be a strong driver of their work, show strong initiative in making improvements to our work, set high standards for individual and team performance, work and problem-solve independently, and is committed to constant improvement of themselves and the organization.
  • Flexible and Adaptable | Demonstrated ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment with constantly changing circumstances, rapidly moving parts, and longer hours (depending on the season). Ability and willingness to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends as needed, to meet young people where they are and when they’re free.
  • Fluency and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion | A deep commitment to New Era’s mission and to advancing racial equity through and within our organization and a demonstrated ability to think critically about your own identity and work respectfully and collaboratively across different identities.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience coordinating or managing volunteers or staff
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Transportation

Please note: we care more about your talent, desire to do the work, and your drive and ability to improve every day than whether you have formal or informal experience. We do not require formal education or management experience. Management experience (volunteer, student group, intern, paid staff) is a benefit but not a requirement- we will get you the training and coaching you need! We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you!

Position Details, Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, permanent position based out of New Era’s Denver office (remote for the spring), with potential overtime, especially during election seasons. This is an hourly, non-exempt position with overtime eligibility, compensated at $45,000 annualized ($21.63/hr).

New Era provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage (with 75% of the premium covered by the employer), a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a match of up to 3% after 1 year of employment, a monthly wifi stipend, an annual RTD Ecopass (free public transit!), paid time off, an org-provided Macbook Pro for work-related use, a paid sabbatical after 4 continuous years of employment, an annual professional development budget, and enough pizza during election times to make you stop liking pizza for a few months. We also can provide additional tech accommodations if needed.

New Era Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ people to apply.

How to Apply

The priority deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 16th, but this position will be open until filled and will be removed from our website then. If the posting is still up, you can and should still apply! No phone calls please.

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